Having ordered a pilot for Stephen Merchant show "Hello Ladies" three weeks ago, HBO's now moving forward on another British-inflected comedy -- an adaptation of BBC Four series "Getting On."
As reported by Deadline, HBO's put in a pilot order for an American version of the UK dark comedy, which is set in the women’s geriatric care wing of a run-down hospital. The original series, which has been renewed for a third season, is directed by Peter Capaldi, known for playing apoplectic political spin doctor Malcolm Tucker in Armando Iannucci's series "The Thick of It" and spin-off film "In the Loop," and is written by castmembers Jo Brand, Vicki Pepperdine and Joanna Scanlan.
The remake is being written by "Big Love" creators Mark V. Olsen and Will Scheffer, while Brand, Pepperdine and Scanlan will serve with them as executive producers. Scheffer told Deadline that "When we proposed the reformat to BBC Worldwide and HBO, the issues in elder care were very personal to both of us; Mark’s and my mother were in their 90s and attending to their care had come to be a big part of our lives. 'Getting On' nailed that world with its deadpan humor and deep humanity."
This is a topic that could potentially be even darker in a US incarnation, given the current state of our health care system. Here's a clip from the original series: